A medium-sized river kingfisher, Alcedo peninsulae is commonly known as the Malay Blue-banded Kingfisher. It occurs in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. This species has dark blackish upperparts with silvery-azure streak from the mantle to rump. It also has a long, white neck-flash with rufous tip, white throat and rest of underparts in the male are whitish with bold blue bands across the chest. While the female with rich orange underparts but lacking breast-band. It feeds on fish, crustaceans, insects and larvae, and small lizards. The Malay Blue-banded Kingfisher is listed as Near Threatened by IUCN Red List due to habitat loss (BirdLife International, 2016). [Source: MyBIS]
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to spend some time in Hulu Langat to look for this kingfisher and luck was on my side as I have managed to photograph the female Malay blue-banded kingfisher by the river, using a hide, without which, it would have been impossible to photograph this skittish bird. Hope to get the male kingfisher on my next visit there.
Scientific: Alcedo peninsulae
Malay: Pekaka Bukit
IUCN Red List (v3.1, 2014): Near Threatened
Gear: SONY α1 + SEL200600G
Location: Hulu Langat, Selangor
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